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Eight new cases of extremely drug resistant TB (XDR-TB) have been diagnosed in Eastern Cape, the province's Health Department said yesterday.
It said this brought to 41 the number of patients identified as having contracted the disease since November.
During this period the disease had claimed at least five lives.
The new cases are patients at Port Elizabeth's Jose Pearson Hospital for multi-drug resistant TB patients.
"The situation is under control. The infectious disease is not spreading at an alarming rate in the province," the department said.
It said it was on full alert and had established isolation wards at the Jose Pearson Hospital, at Fort Grey TB hospital, in East London, and at Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital. in Mthatha.
XDR-TB emerged in the Tugela Ferry region in 2005.
More than 300 cases have been confirmed countrywide. - Sapa